FinTech and Data Analytics MBA

Postgraduate ( full-time, full-time with placement)

Chelmsford

January, September

Course duration for September starts: 12 months or 24 months with placement

Course duration for January starts: 16 months or 24 months with placement

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Overview

The world of business never stands still, which is why – with input from our students and employers – we're introducing our MBA FinTech and Data Analytics degree course. Taking real-world challenges as our starting point, there'll be even more of a focus on practical, hands-on learning – and more opportunities to ignite your career.

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Careers

Your course will be a highly innovative, real world experience with the option to explore opportunities for internships with FinTech firms in the Essex and London areas. The use of Python and R software as well as the Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab on campus, gives you a wealth of hands-on experience to be able to take on a career in financial, technology of analytics organisations.

Modules & assessment

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Financial Technology
    Fintech is one of the most exciting and topical areas in global business today. The emergence of a new generation of financial technology has, in a short time, had a considerable impact on how to do business, transact as customers, and think about the financial future. You'll explore the financial services landscape and think critically about the current trends that are at play in this space as well as the trends and some of the potential technologies that will cause disruptions in the future. You'll look at how consumers of financial services are increasingly influencing the direction of innovations. As Fintech is an emergent field that is rapidly innovating, developing and disrupting, your studies will integrate rich, interactive media such as videos, infographics as well as traditional components such as written study guides. You will also have opportunities for collaborative learning through interactive class discussions, guest speaker series, attending London FinTech events to facilitate future and emerging technologies in Fintech space as well as new and evolving use of technology. In this module you are introduced to Python, a programming language that has become industry standard and is widely used to produce innovative financial products and services. Common applications include big data analysis and manipulation, algorithmic trading, portfolio analysis, and machine learning algorithms. On completing the module, you will be able to write programming functions in Python, process data files including reading, modifying and writing data to external files. Specifically, you will be able to read and write to Excel, CSV and Text files, connect to databases, obtain and process data from the Web, as well as use Python for Finance and Econometrics applications including developing event based trading strategies and back testing with historical data. At the end of the module, you'll produce a simple Python application to solve real world financial problems.
  • Big Data Analytics
    The aim of this module is to enable you to understand the nature of big data and how finance professionals use it to develop and inform decision-making processes. The module provides an overview of the source and structure of big data commonly used in addition to introducing tools used for generating predictive analytics. You'll develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of Big Data Analytics and be able to distinguish how the methods employed in analysis of big data differ from those used in the analysis of small data sets. You'll study the essential tools and techniques to turn constantly expanding data into meaningful information as well as learning how machine learning techniques borrowed from artificial intelligence can be used to solve common big data problems in finance. We will first explore the issues related to the collection, organisation and visualisation of large sets of structured and unstructured data. With the use of Python we then explore ways in which a computer can be trained to recognise patterns in the data and its popular finance applications. For instance, we will look at stock price forecasting, company default prediction and market sentiment analysis. At the end of the module you will develop a deep understanding of the strategic implications of big data analysis and will be ready to face up to the challenge of conducting analysis in contemporary data-rich business environment.
  • Principles of Marketing Management
    You'll work through the main theories and principles of marketing for the marketing manager or business leader, understanding how those theories and principles can be applied in practice to a range of business contexts; from business-to-consumer, business-to-business, charities, arts, to tourism and service-based industries. You'll focus particularly on global business challenges; competition and defining value; a digitally based economy; and societal marketing (corporate social responsibility, sustainability, morals and ethics) whilst also understanding the legal framework that impacts upon marketers and marketing practice such as consumer and data protection laws. This module will challenge you to examine marketing problems that have faced brands and organisations to critically analyse their approach and suggest new alternatives. You'll gain a firm grasp of the scope of marketing in general business management and leadership roles as well as a clear understanding of the specialist areas of study and work as you plan your lifelong career in this very broad industry.
  • Financial Data Analytics
    You'll receive a rigorous grounding of financial modelling and business forecasting using linear and non-linear financial models. Global contemporary finance requires that experts possess the ability to construct quantitative models to be used in conjunction with qualitative analysis in the mixed-methods scenario. Whilst predominantly econometric modelling resides within the academic realms, many financial organisations require entry level applicants to have ‘some’ level of expertise in financial modelling. You'll cover research questions, data analysis and basic time-series econometrics in the beginning, but will progress rapidly towards model building, testing and forecasting whilst looking at the peripheral elements such as diagnostic checks to ensure model stability and robustness in the long-run. There is a good balance between theory and practice and you'll be exposed through the extensive use of the Bloomberg Terminal to access various data (such as equity and foreign exchange) and through the use of a statistical software package.
  • Leadership and Change
    You'll investigate and critically evaluate historical and contemporary approaches to leadership theory, focusing especially on leadership at junior to middle management level. Classical theories of leadership will be examined including traits theory, behavioural theories and contingency theories. Some contemporary theories will include issues such as emotional intelligence, psychodynamics and leader-led relations. There will be a strong emphasis on applying the theory to your own personal leadership with a view to enhancing leadership performance in preparation for middle management roles within the organisation. Management of change will be another key emphasis, including organisational politics & power, change theories and the implementation of the change process. Issues for consideration will include the organisational context of change, resistance to change and practical management of the change process.
  • Management and Strategy
    Within this module you'll explore the fields of management and strategy, noting how strategic analysis and formulation contribute to an organisations performance. You'll explore practically relevant ideas and frameworks that facilitate strategy design and implementation, dealing with the craft of strategy, identifying and choosing superior competitive position, how to analyse strategic situations and how to create the organisational context to make the chosen strategy work. Practical and problem-oriented, this module places emphasis on the application of concepts and exploration of frameworks to assist you in analysing and gaining insight into competitive situations and strategic dilemmas.

You must either choose Postgraduate Major Project OR both work placement modules

  • Postgraduate Major Project
    This major project module allows you to engage in a substantial individual primary and/or secondary research project focussed on a topic relevant to your business degree and specialist subject area under the supervision and guidance of a member of academic staff. Supervisors will discuss with you the contemporary research problems and issues based on your research and practice, and you will conduct literature reviews, evaluate and critically appraise a range of information, investigate and adopt suitable theoretical frameworks, research methodologies and methods, and process and analyse data to produce a coherent and justified solution to the problem(s) identified. Throughout the module your supervisor will support you in terms of content and skills development so that you can work semi-autonomously on your individual research project. This is achieved through regular supervisory meetings throughout the year, which will allow for individual discussion of the tasks that will have to be completed in order to develop the project smoothly.
  • Postgraduate Major Project - Work Placement
    This postgraduate work-based major project module will allow you to undertake an extended project based on a work placement. It gives you the opportunity to put into practice what you have learnt in your course by offering real-life practical experience in the field underpinned by engagement with key literature and theoretical insights relevant to the chosen industry sector. During this module you will source and undertake an unpaid 10 week work-based learning internship/project with a company or organisation where you will be supported in developing effective professional practices through guidance in generic and specific employability skills. You will also be supported with critical thinking and research skills development during the lectures and online resources to ensure you develop independent, critical and reflective learning practices to enhance your continuing professional development in the context of your own working environment and career aspirations. The module aims to provide you with experience of work and research in a business environment including familiarisation with a professional work environment. This module will be underpinned by employability skills training, reflective assessments and support from academic tutors and employers. To ensure you're prepared for work in industry, you are required to pass all taught modules before undertaking a placement.
  • Postgraduate Work Placement
    In a competitive job market, understanding how the professional work place functions, along with well-developed employability skills, are key to a post graduate securing employment. The work placement gives you the opportunity to put into practice what would have been learned in the post graduate programme and with the insights of their practical experience in the field. During this module you will undertake a work-based learning internship with a company or organisation where they will be supported in developing effective professional practices through guidance in generic and specific employability skills and through developing independent reflective learning practices to enhance your continuing professional development in the context of your own working environment. The module aims to provide you with experience of work in a business environment including familiarisation with a professional work environment. This experience should take place in a business environment relevant to the course you are undertaking. The module will be underpinned by employability skills training, reflective assessment and support from academic tutors. You will expected to demonstrate your achievements within the workplace reflecting how you have enhanced your employability with reference to the university’s graduate employability capitals. To ensure you're prepared for work in industry, you are required to pass all taught modules before undertaking a placement.

Assessment

Entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, innovators, developed and other industry professionals who are interested in evolving their business acumen will find that their needs are met by the opportunity to apply the knowledge developed through this programme to a group of assessment tasks that caters to different audience and desired output. Assessment will take a variety of forms that include written assignments, portfolio development, presentations, case studies, examination and group work. The assessment will be directed to both test your achievement in the outcomes of the modules but also to develop your wider skills and knowledge in the area of financial innovation.   

Where you'll study

Your faculty

You have a highly active mind and see opportunity everywhere. Now you need theory and life-changing skills to sharpen your approach to management. At the Faculty of Business & Law, you will immerse yourself in a multicultural environment where technology blends with teaching to create a dynamic and innovative learning environment. An environment to help you gain those skills.

Where can I study?

Chelmsford
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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students starting 2020/21 (per year)

£16,200

UK students starting 2021/22 (per year)

£16,700

International students starting 2020/21 (per year)

£16,200

International students starting 2021/22 (per year)

£16,700

Placement year (UK, EU, international students)

£1,250

How do I pay my fees?

UK students

You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments – though you won't need to pay until you've accepted an offer to study with us. This information also applies to EU students starting a course before 1 August 2021.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees

Funding for postgraduate students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.

We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships and bursaries, which provide extra financial support while you're at university.

International students

As well as a number of scholarships, we offer an early payment discount. Explore your options:

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Important additional notes

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. A small number of our courses require additional technical specifications or specialist materials. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in 2020-21.

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.